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Notes on the Bedouins and Wahabys...

collected during his travels in the East by the late John Lewis Burckhardt.

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Published: London Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831

Stock Code: 128661

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


Second edition, the first octavo in two volumes following the quarto edition of the previous year. Edited by the orientalist William Ouseley. Between 1809, when he made his first trip to Syria, and his death in Egypt in 1817, Burckhardt travelled extensively through the Middle East. Most of his journeys were made in the guise of Ibrahim ibn Abdallah, an Indian merchant and pilgrim to the holy places, under which name he was buried in the Muslim cemetery at Cairo. "His journals, which were written with remarkable spirit in spite of the fact that he began to learn English only at the age of twenty-five, and that he had to jot down his observations secretly under his cloak or behind a camel for fear of exciting suspicion among his Arab guides and companions, were published after his death by the Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior Parts of Africa They contained few observations on the geography or natural history of the lands he visited, but numerous valuable and perceptive accounts of the people of the regions and their way of life" (ODNB). This is the fourth and final work of travel writing published posthumously from Burkhardt's journals, preceded by accounts of his travels in Syria and the Holy Land, in Nubia, and in Arabia. A collection of his translations of Arabic proverbs was also published in the same year.

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2 volumes, octavo (212 x 132mm). Mid 20th century full skiver, decorative gilt spines, twin red and green labels, single-line gilt border to covers, marbled edges, marbled endpapers renewed.


Folding engraved map showing Burckhardt's route (including Aleppo in the north, length of the Red Sea, head of the Persian Gulf), a few woodcut illustrations in the text.


Contemporary engraved armorial bookplates of the Palk family, Haldon House, Devon. Spines and extremities a little rubbed, map foxed. A good, clean set.


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